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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
- A Hunger Games Novel
- Written by: Suzanne Collins
- Narrated by: Santino Fontana
- Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low.
Was this needed? Yes it was.
- By Denise on 2020-05-20
Strong story; better writing; pacing issues again
The narrator was very good--I didn't notice any fumbles--and overall, it is quite a good book. Collins still has issues with pacing, but the first half demonstrates how much her writing has improved. A bit forced at some points, and the second half was definitely the weaker half, but there are a lot of strong points and I would read it again. Should be 2 movies to try to fix the pacing issues to add more gradual and logical character development content to the second half/movie (maybe with flashbacks).
Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds
- Written by: Brandon Sanderson
- Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
- Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It's his hallucinations who are mad. A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people - Stephen calls them aspects - to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. He uses them to solve problems...for a price. Then a company hires him to recover stolen property - a camera that can allegedly take pictures of the past....
- By Michael on 2019-08-17
Buy this 3 in 1 volume instead of novellas 1 & 2!
The third novella completing the series really make the whole story stronger. It is better to read all 3 consecutively, as the individual first and second novellas are short and episodic, while the full story can be better appreciated when the three are read in succession.
I didn't think this was an overly interesting series by Brandon Sanderson until the third novella tied it all in together.
I would recommend this series of 3 novellas to less experienced fantasy readers, or those who tend to read fiction, to introduce them to Brandon Sanderson. If they already really like fantasy I would introduce them to Brandon Sanderson via Mistborn.
Wonderful author. Very moved by the ending.